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Monday, September 5, 2011

1960′s Dark Shadows is the reason for Bill Condon’s Vampire love

In the Toronto Sun, Bill explains what drew him to do a film with vampires :
Bill Condon has directed Gods and Monsters, Kinsey and Dreamgirls.
None of which, Dreamgirls’ music industry milieu aside, are about vampires. So what’s he doing directing back-to-back Twilight sequels (the obvious paycheque aside)? Blame Dark Shadows, the 1960s supernatural soap that’s currently being made into a film by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp starring as blood-sucker Barnabas Collins.
“I was a kid and I would run home to see that show,” Condon remembers.
“There were all kinds of creatures, but it was mostly vampires and Barnabas Collins. I think it was growing up in a very intense Catholic household that makes you a little twisted. Whatever new vampires are around, I’ve always been interested in them.”
Condon is behind the camera for both installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Part 1 opens in November with the second film to follow in late 2012.
And, Dark Shadows fixation or not, Twilight shares another theme with his previous work: Characters who are being repressed by society’s conventions.
“I do feel like I am drawn to people who are outsiders that are yearning — and all these characters are. Jacob is yearning all the time. Edward and Bella are trying to find a way to live the life that they were meant to.”
Source :  The Toronto Sun

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